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Which Exotic Pet Is Right For You?

Dogs, cats, and birds may be the most popular pets around the world today. However, gaining more and more popularity today are unusual pets. Gone are the days when people were afraid to give home to unique home pets. These days, more and more people choose the challenge offered by exotic pets as well as the different kind of satisfaction they bring to the pet owner.

However, you must take note that not all exotic pets will work for you. You don’t choose a pet just because you feel like having one. Exotic pets have special needs and they will find comfort only to people who are fit to be their owner. Take a look at the most common exotic pets today and see whether or not you can successfully bring any of them home:

Guinea Pigs

They are very adorable, smart, and friendly pets that are usually ideal for almost everyone, including children. They are low-maintenance pets and most importantly, they do not bite.

Guinea pigs live five to six years, usually longer than a hamster. As an owner, you must make sure you don’t forget to scratch and pet the guinea pig and submit it to various exercises for it to remain healthy.

Turtles

Bring your home aquarium to the next level by considering turtles instead of colorful fishes. Turtles are very adorable and most of all, they do not require too much maintenance. Even if you are a busy pet owner, turtles won’t be upset even if you leave them alone in the house. Some turtles today appear to be very classy especially with those colorful shells.

Tarantulas

If you don’t want noisy pets, tarantulas are indeed your best bets. They appear really exotic and they do not need too much space. Don’t worry, though. Most tarantulas these days, especially those up for adoption, are not venomous.

Scorpions

Same with tarantulas, scorpions appear very exotic without trying too hard. Plus, they really are calm and quiet and do not need too much fuss and mush.

Snakes

If you have a lot of patience, snakes will be good pet options. Snakes take time to get used to people so your patience really counts when keeping them as pets. Unlike other pets, snakes also require a lot of care. There are a lot of snake varieties today that are practically harmless for those who are interested to get such kind of exotic pet.

Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders are really attractive pets, not to mention yet that they are easy to care for. Hence, they can be good pets to almost everyone even to children. However, you must prepare for the price tag of sugar gliders today. According to CostFacts.com, common sugar gliders range from $100 to $300 while more exotic ones can cost up to $3,000 a piece.

Raccoons

If you are ready to run after your pet most of the time, getting a raccoon is almost ideal. They are funny animals that can be up for mischief from time to time. However, take note that a raccoon is a very high maintenance pet. With proper care, a raccoon can live up to 15 years.

Monkeys

These are very naughty animals but can really be adorable and fun when trained. A monkey at home is just like having a baby in the house.

Besides the above-mentioned exotic pets, there are a lot of other options for you including hamsters, iguanas, rabbits, geckos, and so much more. However, always keep in mind that when choosing an exotic pet, it is best to pick one that you can be certain to take care of properly. If you don’t think you can attend to the needs of a specific animal, give yourself and the animal a favor by not choosing it in the first place.